Please provide input or experience. Noticed an interesting phenomena last night. Fished my buddy's dock over in the Rigolets. He recently replaced all his dock lights with very bright LEDs. Caught a few fish, but noticed few strikes or surface action under our lights. Also, no bugs swarming around the big, bright LED lights. Across the canal, bugs were swarming his neighbors rather yellow lights. Also noticed more fish activity and the occasional strike of a game fish under the neighbors lights. Water depth in both places is quite similar, around 4' and deepening as you go out from the dock. Then it got really interesting! All night long the mullet were jumping everywhere, except under our big LED lights. They stayed out some 50 yards from our dock. When I turned the lights off, the mullet moved within 5 yards of the dock and were making a heck of a lot of racket RIGHT NEXT TO THE DOCK! Were the new, bright LEDs scaring away the fish??? Thanks for your input.
Anyone fishing the Rigolets or Lake Catherine? Made a few short trips over there in the last couple of weeks but saw no other boats. Water was very fresh to the taste and fish activity was rather minimal. Caught one nice 26' red on a rattle trap and several smaller reds. Managed one barely legal spec.
Had a fun but exhausting trip with my buddy, the Dentist, today. No tide and lots of wind from the East by 8am made fishing conditions tough today, but we caught PLENTY of fish. Unfortunately, only two made it in the ice chest, a 20' red and a nice flounder.
Caught the heck out of big GafTops on pearl minnow Gulp. Kept losing tails of the minnow to needlefish, though I managed to hook three. Also caught ladyfish, several limits of small reds (too small to keep), only a few 10' trout, croaker, pinfish and one 3 lb flounder. Interestingly, not a hard head cat was caught. Just fun fishing with a good friend - that's what it's all about!!!
Look forward to taking the Miss Kitti back out when conditions improve.
Tough day at Delacroix yesterday. Launched out of Sweetwater and headed toward Black Bay. High tide around noon, but water was still quite stained. Within an hour, water was moving out, full of moss and pretty dirty. Caught one bull red but couldn't keep the Gulp from the Gaftops. Water salinity tasted like 10 ppm, about like the potable water in Leeville. Only caught two trout which wouldn't reach 10 in. Caught a record Gaftop (smallest I've ever caught) on a 1/8 in jig & Matrix Shad (see pic). Bait was everywhere so I figured it was just a bad moon. That's why they call it fishing!!!
Anyone know where you can buy a GOOD catfish flipper. I used to have some that were galvanized with a rubber grip. All I can find are the cheap H&H aluminum ones. Hasn't someone made them out of stainless??? Thanks!
Gabriel, Michael & Hope Redmann from Destin, Florida, enjoyed a fantastic fishing trip out of Sweetwater Marina on June 16th & 17th, accompanied by their Dad, Major Kerry Redmann, III (USAF ret) and Grandpa Kerry Redmann, Jr. Uncle Kris Redmann guided them to small trout & drum Tuesday morning, with strong SE winds muddying the water requiring several relocations. The afternoon seemed more of the same, with the kids catching an interesting variety including croaker, stingray & a 4' garfish. However, Capt. Jack Payne III at Sweetwater Marina suggested a spot to take the children for fun with reds & drum Wednesday morning. This resulted in a large ice chest of reds & drum after two hours of constant action. Once the chest was filled, the children began catch & release during another hour of action. A great time was had by all!
Wanted to get some opinions on what folks think is the best light saltwater spinning reel - mainly for specs & reds. I know the Shimano Stradic is a fine reel, as I've fished with one for years. Kind of a flimsy drag, though-burned one up on the third bull red caught that day. Don't want to spend the bucks for a Stella-that price is ridiculous.
Have been pleased with the Fin-Nor megalite, but it's hard to get parts for them. Fin-Nor's Ahab 8 would be great, but I think it's too heavy. Haven't used a Van Staal. Daiwa's always made a great spinning reel, but I've lost track of the models. Would rather BUY AMERICAN! What do ya'll think???